HCJB broadcast from Quito used to be a HUGE signal here in Northern England. But going back to my early SWL days, I used the family's radiogram ...(is that the same term in the USA?
) in the early 1950s ...(Yes I am that old !!!
). The family couldn't get local UK stations after I had tweaked up some coils inside the thing to get ham radio AM station on 20 metres.
Also do you remember the various signature tunes which identified each SW station? There was some bird song which Radio South Africa played before their programmes. And the stirring national anthems.
BTW, Russia of course has adopted the old national anthem which had been used by the USSR as the one they originally had after the fall of the USSR was not stirring enough!
Ah....happy innocent days.
Funny enough, I've just started SWLing again as I have added a Kenwood (Trio in UK
) R-1000 rx to my Kenwood 30+ year old rig collection.